A Backpackers Guide to Ronda

Picture: P. Van De Haar

Ronda is an idyllic mountain town situated in the rocky heart of Andalucia. Perfect for backpackers arriving in southern Spain on vacation, Ronda is one of the country’s most famous ‘pueblo blancos’. Perched on the top of a rugged ravine, which drops sheer for nearly 130 metres, Ronda is a spectacular place to book a budget holiday in Andalucia.

Famous for its eighteenth century bridge, the Puente Nuevo, the breathtaking views has inspired the likes of Dumas and Hemmingway during their European travels and has been a source of wonder ever since.

Ronda Spain

The terrifying gorge attracts visitors from all over the world without ever losing its romantic charm. Without doubt the bridge is Ronda’s calling card to the world and the views alone will entrance visitors for hours and in some cases days.

Many day trippers from nearby Seville and Malaga stay much longer than the intended day trip.

Ronda Ciudad

Ronda is a small mountain town full of character and has a number of quaint museums and attractions on offer for travellers. The local ‘Ciudad’ has retained its historic Moorish plan and is sprinkled with gorgeous Renaissance mansions.

Surrounded by whitewashed houses that lean over the gorge’s precipitous edges, Ronda has a fascinating history and is famous for being the home of Spanish bullfighting.

With a spectacular range of Islamic and Christian architecture clashing in every street corner, the Andalucian town is worthy of an overnight stay.

Plaza de Toros de Ronda

Within an easy walking distance of the town centre lies the fourteenth-century Casa de Mondragón, which had previously been the palace of the Moorish kings.

Ronda has a rich casket of wonders to explore on holiday and some of the town’s other highlights include the two old town bridges, the Puente Viejo of 1616 and the Moorish Puente de San Miguel.

Ronda Tapas

With plenty of Spanish restaurants and tapas bars to keep travellers in good health on holiday, Ronda is the perfect daytrip from Seville and Malaga. A magnificent town to explore by foot, Ronda will suit backpackers with an independent mind and sturdy walking shoes.

Where to stay in Ronda

  • Hotel Virgen De Los Reyes is a clean, attractive hotel with excellent facilities. Perfect for low cost travellers, the hotel is only 200 metres from the bullring and five minutes walk from the ‘Bridge’. Rooms are available from €15.25.
  • Hotel San Cayetano is centrally located in a beautifully renovated building. The hotel lies within walking distance of the famous sights and the El Tajo gorge. Rooms are available from €19.48.